Growing Gourds and Making Soap with Luffas

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Event Date

March 17, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Program

Botanical Arts and Crafts

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Join us for this two hour class and discover the versatile Luffa gourd - nature's bath sponge. The first part of the class will discuss how to grow the Luffa, when to harvest it, and how to process the gourds. The second half of this class will explore how to turn the processed gourd into handmade soap.

Instructors Sue Faught and Donna Deibert are sisters who inherited their love of gardening from their mother who was a Master Gardener in Bell County. Donna and Sue took an interest in growing gourds and have grown birdhouse gourds and Luffa gourds. They continue to grow a variety of plants in-ground, in raised beds and in pots. Nancy Curl is a Master Gardener who grows gourds and creates soap with Luffas.

Please Note: This class will take place in the Conservation Greenhouse Classroom at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

$20 members/$25 non-members

About Botanical Arts and Crafts

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.